[AI] Views invited on diversity initiative in law schools

Kanchan Pamnani kanchanpamnani at gmail.com
Sun Apr 11 22:57:50 EDT 2010

Not writing in detail at present.
I have found that visually challenged people dont find it difficult to study 
law but to get placements is another story.This is what the corse and its 
designers should think of  in great detail. Learning for learnings sake is 
not enough.
Your other thoughts on the issue are good.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "moiz tundawala" <moiztundawala at gmail.com>
To: <accessindia at accessindia.org.in>
Sent: Sunday, April 11, 2010 4:15 PM
Subject: [AI] Views invited on diversity initiative in law schools

> Hi All,
> The WB National University of Juridical Sciences has initiated a
> diversity in law schools project which is about making law schools
> more diverse in terms of getting them accessible  to different groups
> and sections of society which have generally been left out. So, one of
> the goals is to encourage persons with disabilities to think in terms
> of taking up law as a career, possibly appearing for the Common Law
> Admission Test and joining one of the national law schools. The
> university will assume organizational responsibility of CLAT next
> year, and we are working on designing an examination process which
> would be more general and relevant for a wider section of law
> aspirants, not the elite alone. In this regard, I request your inputs
> on the following questions:
> How can we make the examination format more disabled friendly? The
> idea is to let the disabled candidate select the mode of taking the
> exam which would best suit him/her. CLAT generally follows a two hours
> MCQ pattern. What additional time should the disabled be ideally
> provided with? Should people taking exams on a computer be eligible
> for a similar time relaxation? What has been the practice at your
> college/university, and/or in institutions that you know of?
> What can a university do to make its environment more accessible to
> persons with disabilities? What facilities should a disabled student
> be provided with? I have in mind ramps, information in accessible
> formats, assistive devices and the like.
> How can a university make sure that disabled students do not feel left
> out? Can it do something specific to ensure that there is no sense of
> marginalization and deprivation among the disabled? How should it go
> about encouraging non-disabled students to cooperate with and respect
> the disabled?
> What can we do to encourage as many persons with disabilities as
> possible to consider taking up law as a career option? What different
> platforms can we use to advertise our existence? It needs to be
> mentioned that tuition fees at a national law school are
> extraordinarily high, but we believe that lack of resources should not
> deter someone from pursuing a cherished goal. So, the idea is to try
> providing candidates who clear CLAT and are below a certain income
> level tuition wavers and other assistance. We are also looking for
> persons and institutions who may be willing to help this project with
> donations or otherwise. Who all can be approached, especially from the
> disability sector?
> Feel free to add anything else that you think may be relevant and
> useful for the project.
> Waiting for an early response.
> Regards,
> Moiz.
> -- 
> Moiz Tundawala
> 5th Year, B.A./B.Sc. LLB Hons.,
> West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences,
> NUJS Bhavan, 12 LB, Sector III, Salt Lake City,
> Kolkata, 700 098
> Ph: +919874396052
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